MA-XI MEETING: ‘Neither of us is a good drinker,’ Ma says of China’s Xi

IN-DEPTH INSIGHT?Ma said that during dinner with the Chinese leader, they talked about zodiac signs, alcoholic drinks and regional produce

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 09, 2015
By: Staff writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said he sees Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) as a leader who is able to make quick decisions.

Asked about his impressions of the Chinese leader after their meeting and dinner in Singapore on Saturday, Ma told reporters on a flight back to Taiwan that “apparently neither of us is a good drinker.”

The two leaders and half a dozen officials from either side had a closed-door meeting, followed by a dinner in which liquor — kaoliang from Taiwan and maotai from China — as well as rice wine from Matsu were served.

Sitting next to each other at a round table, he and Xi talked about alcoholic drinks, Chinese zodiac signs and special produce from various regions, among other topics, Ma said.

Prior to their meeting, Ma said had learned about Xi only by reading.

Having finally met him, Ma said he found Xi capable of making decisions quickly on some issues, such as the possibility of allowing more Chinese students to come to Taiwan.     [FULL  STORY]

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